Portland Public Schools And Its Teachers Reach Negotiating Impasse


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Portland Public Schools board member Trudy Sargent just sent out this email to report that the school district has told a state mediator that its negotiations with the teachers union have reached an impasse. The 3,200-member Portland Association of Teachers has been working without a new contract for more than 19 months, and obviously has been unhappy over that state of affairs. Negotiations ...   More
 
Thursday, February 4, 2010 HANK STERN

PPS Considers Exceptions To Transfer Ban


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A few bits of news about the high-school redesign emerged at last night's Portland School Board meeting, and if it weren't for -- wait for it -- School Board Member David Wynde, nobody in the room would have acknowledged that news. Here's the shocker (or non-shocker, depending on how cynical you are): The school district might "carve out an exception" to its proposed ban on neighborhood-to-neighborhood ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

PPS Administrators Head to Rockaway Beach


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PPS Equity beat us to following up on a tip from yesterday that Portland Public Schools' top administrators are at the Oregon coast for a three-day retreat. Teachers, meantime, are pounding the pavement for the Yes on Measures 66 and 67 campaign, according to the Portland Association of Teachers union. A private donor gave a cash donation to cover the $400-a-night beach house for administrators, ...   More
 
Friday, January 22, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

State To PPS: English-Language Instruction Hasn't Improved Enough


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The Oregon Department of Education has released its latest assessment [PDF] of Portland Public Schools' program for teaching English to immigrant and refugee students. The findings, which follow a 2009 audit of PPS's department for English-language instruction, are mixed. The state found PPS had corrected some failings but still fell behind in other regards. For example, the state says English-language ...   More
 
Thursday, January 21, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Promises Opinion On High Schools, Just Not Yet


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Mayor Sam Adams met Sunday with a few Grant High School parents who are concerned about Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign. Technically speaking, the mayor has absolutely no control over Portland Public Schools. (Then again, neither does Bill Gates, and he's managed to exert plenty of influence at Jefferson, Roosevelt, Madison and Marshall High in recent years.) Two days after the ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

A Portland Counterpoint: What "Neighborhood Schools" Mean In North Carolina


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One goal of Portland Public Schools' high-school redesign -- increasing the socio-economic diversity of its schools -- is meeting opposition in Wake County, N.C. The New York Times has an interesting story today about the Wake County school district's busing policy and fresh attempts by new board members to challenge it. "The board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to support the creation ...   More
 
Sunday, February 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Portland Teachers and School Board Strike New Deal


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After almost two years of negotiations that twice erupted in protests from teachers, the Portland Association of Teachers union and the Portland School Board have voted to approve a new three-year contract for teachers. The union, which represents more than 3,000 Portland teachers and guidance counselors, ratified the agreement by secret ballot Friday night; the School Board voted "yes" to the agreement ...   More
 
Saturday, February 27, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

High-School Redesign: An Unofficial, Chronological History


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The idea that the Portland School Board is just now getting the opportunity to weigh in on Superintendent Carole Smith's high-school redesign proposal is understandable. The board won't vote on anything until March 8. But that idea also ignores a lot of history. In fact, the redesign has been in the works for almost three years. Board members have had numerous chances to contribute before now. What ...   More
 
Thursday, February 25, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Zero Tolerance: Portland Public Schools' Weapons Policy


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Aron Anderson, father of an 8-year-old third grader at Duniway Elementary School, went before the Portland School Board last night to complain about his son's recent suspension. According to Anderson, his son forgot he had a toy gun in his pocket when he went to school recently. But after the boy showed the four-inch plastic toy (pictured above and below) to a friend, he was suspended for a day. ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Teachers Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with Portland Public Schools


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Late Saturday night, Portland Public Schools announced it had reached a confidential, tentative agreement with the Portland Association of Teachers union. Portland teachers have worked without a contract since June 2008, a fact that produced two angry demonstrations at School Board meetings in recent months. The possible three-year agreement follows the school district's declaration two weeks ...   More
 
Sunday, February 14, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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